Clinton Warner, M. D. Interview For Voices Across The Color Line Oral History Project ( Part 1 Of 2)
In this interview, Dr. Warner describes his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement after he moved to Atlanta, Georgia, in the early 1950s. His direct involvement in the movement included the equalization of pay for black teachers and the treatment of black patients by medical professionals. Dr. Warner also recalls his perception of the tension between the old guard and the new leadership within the black community. He ends the interview with an optimistic note from British philosopher, Bertrand Russell.
Dr. Warner was born on the campus of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. His family moved to Pine Bluff, Arkansas after his father received a job offer from Arkansas State College. The family moved back to Georgia when his father was hired as a high school principal in LaGrange and his mother was hired as an English teacher at the same school. Dr. Warner enrolled at Morehouse College at the age of 15. He was drafted into the United States Army during World War II and served three years. He enrolled in medical school in Tennessee after being discharged and interned at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. He returned to Atlanta, with his wife, from St. Louis, Missouri in the early 1950s.